Saturday, 30 July 2011

A nice surprise

Not having gone far recently due to calf and hip problems i hadn't downloaded any images from my camera for quite a few days. The images were mainly from my last couple of days in Kent and included one nice surprise. I managed to get out for a couple of hours very early on the penultimate day of my visit to the Garden County and headed down to explore an area along the Medway River. I ended up at a reservoir which was obviously a home to a local fishing club and i thought i might find some nice damsels or dragons. Unfortunately i didn't sight a single one and the highlights were a couple of Great Crested Grebes on the water, a Robin i had a conversation with at my feet and a juvenile Green Woodpecker up a tree. I did however come across a single butterfly next to the path leading down to the river from the local village. It was very flighty and i got a couple of shots of what i thought might be a Meadow Brown and thought no more of it.
I had captured a female Gatekeeper
A species i hadn't seen before and i hadn't realised.


  1. It's lovely and now that you know what it is, you'll be aware when encountering another one. I only recognise a few butterflies, mainly the cabbage whites that visit the nasturtiums. Did you share your sarnies with Robin? :)

  2. That particular butterfly is mainly a southern species Lesley, although like many species are gradually progressing northwards.
    I would have shared my sarnies with the Robin but it was around 6 in the morning and i was only out for a couple of hours so had no "bait" with me. John (Howdon Blogger) always carries some seed with him, something i keep promising to do but keep forgeting. The bird was obviously used to the fisherman feeding it while sitting there for hours "waiting for a nibble"........not my idea of fun. I'd rather sit in the house and wait for the offer of "a nibble".

  3. I wouldn't like all that sitting around either.... and the thought of a hook through a fishe's mouth is something I couldn't handle. People say fish don't feel pain.... yeah right! Oooops, was nearly on my soapbox then. :D